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How desi Dolo became India’s favoured paracetamol brand in pandemic, beat global pharma giants

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How desi Dolo 650 outsold MNC GSK’s Crocin, became India’s ‘favourite snack’ in Covid waves

Dolo 650 is now India’s favoured paracetamol brand, with sales of Rs 567 crore since March 2020. It’s even trending on social media and is the subject of memes, reports Shubham Batra.

‘Your autographs!’ SRK has a fan moment with India women’s cricket team in new ad

The latest Hyundai ad features cricketers Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodrigues, Taniya Bhatia & Shafali Verma. SRK was last seen on-screen in a Cadbury’s Diwali-themed ad late October, reports Unnati Sharma.

Against traditions or religion, unpleasant — study finds what makes ads ‘offensive’ for Indians

Advertising Standards Council of India has studied 1,759 complaints against 488 advertisements received by it in the past three years (2019-2021), to identify what is construed as offensive by Indians, reports Shubhangi Misra.

Sri Lanka in ‘debt trap’, India’s response shows pushback against China has begun

While China waits for a Hambantota Port-like ‘takeover’ of Colombo port city, India has responded with great alacrity to Sri Lanka’s financial needs, writes Jyoti Malhotra.

Did PLA soldiers freeze at the border? Chinese people searched it on Baidu 4 million times

The controversy started after India Today’s Shiv Aroor reported that Chinese soldiers had frozen to death at the Line of Actual Control. Journalist Hu Xijin refuting the rumours was among China’s top trending stories, columnist Aadil Brar writes in this week’s ‘Chinascope’.

Five reasons why ministers are leaving Yogi Adityanath govt right before UP elections

Dara Singh Chauhan, Swami Prasad Maurya & Dharam Singh Saini were key to BJP’s non-Jatav vote bank. UP CM Yogi Adityanath and his policies damaged this relationship, writes Arvind Kumar.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction, writes Shekhar Gupta, in this week’s ‘National Interest’.

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